After 13 weeks of NFL action, the Baltimore Ravens find themselves in familiar but uncomfortable territory. They missed the playoffs by one game in 2021 due to Lamar Jackson missing the final four games of the season due to an injury. They currently own the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff standings and are without their star QB again.
With five games left to play, there is still a possibility they could find themselves on the outside looking in if Jackson is out an extended amount of time. Limited details on the extent of Jackson’s injury are causing concern in Baltimore and have had an impact on the Ravens’ futures odds that are available at the top Maryland online sports betting apps.
Baltimore Ravens Odds After Lamar Jackson Injury
Currently tied with the Cincinnati Bengals with an 8-4 record, the Ravens are still the favorites here, but not by much. It’s possible that, with or without Jackson, the Bengals can come back to steal the division. The Bengals have hit their stride, winning six of their last seven and four consecutive. That includes their third straight win against Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals’ starting QB Joe Burrow’s recent performance has been stellar, helping both himself climb the MVP ladder and helping his team compile wins.
Having a healthy MVP-caliber QB under center for the Bengals gives them a significant edge over the Ravens to end the season. The Ravens being favorites here may be due to the strength of schedule for the remainder of their games. Of their last five games, they’ll play the Atlanta Falcons and their division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers twice. If Jackson is out, the Ravens will still have a chance to win those games, which could keep them competitive with the Bengals, who don’t appear to be slowing down.
This division is primed to come down to a photo finish.
The Ravens were the AFC North favorites coming into the season, and their up-and-down start caused concern right out of the gates. However, they eventually steadied the ship and found their rhythm. Since then, their offense has faltered, their division rival Cincinnati Bengals have caught fire, and Jackson sprained his PCL, all of which has caught the attention of the oddsmakers.
Most Favorable Ravens’ Future Odds
DraftKings Maryland has the Ravens making the playoffs at 89.1% — the team’s most favorable of all future odds. It would take a complete collapse for them not to get in, but there are scenarios in which this can happen. Let’s say Jackson misses three weeks or rushes his return with the injury still lingering. If the Ravens drop their next three, things will get interesting for them. The Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns currently sit on the bubble at 6-6 and 5-7, respectively.
If the Chargers win two of their next three games against the Titans, Colts, and Rams, they would then be even with the Ravens, who would no longer be in control of the AFC North. This would put a lot of pressure on Jackson. He would have to lead them to victory in their last two games. One is a divisional foe with nothing to lose in the Steelers and the other is a hot divisional foe in the Bengals who would love to knock them out of playoff contention.
The Cleveland Browns recently had QB Deshaun Watson make his debut. Although he appeared quite rusty against the Houston Texans, he could help turn things around for his new team, which has a very favorable schedule to end the year. If Watson can get back to 80% of himself in the remaining games, Cleveland could quite possibly take four of their last five. If the Browns get past the Bengals this Sunday, this scenario becomes even more of a possibility.
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Odds to Make the Super Bowl
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The Ravens’ odds to win it all have also taken a dip, as expected, due to Jackson’s injury. They haven’t quite looked like the dominant team they have been in years past, and Jackson’s injury history is starting to pile up. This could be what the oddsmakers are leaning on, considering that on Nov. 2, the Ravens had +1400 odds to win the Super Bowl.
One of the biggest challenges for the Ravens has been their defense. For the first time in a long time, their defense ranks near the bottom against the rush and the pass. The biggest display of their defensive woes came in Week 2 when they allowed a 28-point fourth quarter to the Miami Dolphins in arguably their worst loss this year. If they hold on and make the playoffs, their defense is going to be the biggest factor in how far they get.
It’s still going to be quite a challenge overcoming the Eagles, Bills, Bengals, Vikings, and Chiefs to win it all this year.
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